You may call me TIM

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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Once upon a time there was only one Thermal Interface Material to use, and it was called Arctic Silver.  Now, many higher end heatsinks come with a tube of their own TIM to use and there is a lot of competition in the market.  X-bit Labs gathered together as many different kinds as they could find to test.  It's hard to pick a clear front runner but the ones to avoid are easy to spot.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Take the day off and go shopping

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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If you are having problems finding deals online with our Pricegrabber engine, and no one is offering exactly what you are looking for at The Trading Post, head over to TechReviewSource.  They assembled a list of those little tech goodies that everyone could use to help you find the best deals.

A quick repositioning

Subject: Motherboards | November 27, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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As quite a few retailers and manufacturers are going to be stuck with P45 boards, there is an attempt to recover as much money as possible by making P45 based motherboards more attractive.  GIGABYTE has released their GA-EP45-DS5 Energy Saver Motherboard, who's target market seems fairly obvious.  The two biggest features are Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced, which reduces power usage at idle and Green Ethernet, that changes power consumption based on cable length.  Futurelook

Source: futurelooks

Decorate the inside of your ear

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Sleek-Audio's new Custom Earphones have a different focus than their previous SA6s.  The SA6s also involved the use of a mold created from your ear canal, though their particular speciality was to allow you to adjust it's ranges after you have them.  The new customs still require the molding, but it is the aesthetics that can be personalized.  Everything from the colour of the earbuds to the length of the cabling, plus you can have custom logos added.  techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

A woman this fine needs to be romanced first

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The Tech Report has five different builds, not including the alternate they offer, to get up and running on a new system.  There are even a few Core i7 systems like the Crushinator to keep you at the top of your game.  At the very end they also offer ideas on cooling, displays and even keyboards and mice.  If you don't want to go quite that far, remember that Ryan has recently updated our Hardware Leaderboard, which you can use to help assemble a new Core i7 based system

They always cancel the popular ones

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The Q6600 is on it's way out, Intel will be giving it the kiss of death in the first quarter of 2009.

Source: Digitimes

Check out the new guy

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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There is a good chance you have never heard of Ace, at least as a company that designs and sells PC mice, as opposed to the hardware store chain.  Red & Blackness Mods tried out their MLUC100 Laser 1600DPI gaming mouse which has been at least partially inspired by the Logitech MX Revolution.  There are three big differences, the first two are positive and the third isn't so great.  Read this quick review to see what they were.

Looking for a little extra mobility this Christmas?

Subject: Mobile | November 26, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are thinking about picking up a laptop or netbook this Christmas, let The Tech Report help you out a bit.  On display are about a half dozen laptops that range from an Apple to a low cost HP model to a giant 17" gaming laptop from OCZ.  It's not just about the stats on the laptops themselves, there is also a look at the philosophy of shopping for a laptop.  Read on and see if some of the confusion surrounding the mobile market disappears.

Antec's new all inclusive HTPC case

Subject: Systems | November 26, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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Not only is the Antec Fusion Max a very attractive and well built case, with an interesting triple chambered design to help with wiring and heat management, it comes with some nice extras.  There is a 56-button remote control, HDD brackets with rubber noise reducers and an adaptor to allow you to add another 120mm fan on top of the one it already has along with another, larger 140mm fan. 

Source: Bjorn3D

Therapeutic gaming

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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If lack of socializing is getting you down, pick up Left 4 Dead, which will have you bonding with 3 other people in a much deeper way than you will on Team Fortress 2.  The anti-social loner won't last too long in Valve's new cooperative multiplayer game.  Don't worry about not having top of the line hardware either, [H]ard|OCP's testing shows that every new card can support the highest in game options with full anti-aliasing and anisotropic filters at ~40fps at a resolution of 2560x1600.  If you are using a lower resolution, even the low end cards should allow you to max out ev

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, no you're not

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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There has an new treatment focus at a European addiction clinic for the last little while; video game addiction.  Well, apparently 90% of their patients are not addicted in any way, they just don't get out much, according to people who would truly know.  Using video games as an outlet probably isn't anything but a criteria that the clinic has selected for, successful treatments were not focused on treating an addiction so much as improving social skills, using a similar treatment to the ones used

Source: Slashdot

Intel's new unchallenged speed record

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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AMD's new CPUs may give the Core i7 a run for their money in certain applications, but Intel has a new undisputed top rank when it comes to storage.  We have heard a lot of good things about their new SLC SSD HDD, the X25-E Extreme and it would seem that if anything, the speed has been underestimated.  While it may only hold 32GB, it uses almost no power and is a class of it's own when it comes to speed for reading or for writing.  Head to The Tech Report and prepare to be amazed.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES ENERGY EFFICIENT, PERFORMANCE CLASS LS AND MX SERIES POWER SUPPLIES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 05:25 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (November 25, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG LS Series and MX Series modular power supplies.

The BFG LS and MX Series offer performance class features and benefits as well as typical efficiency of up to 85%, so more power is converted to DC than many other power supplies on the market.

OCZ Technology Introduces New Line of Fatal1ty Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 02:28 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. November 25, 2008) - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory and components, today revealed the first power supply models under the Fatal1ty series, offering gamers stable and efficient power for their mainstream or high-end rigs.

Triple channel testing

Subject: Memory | November 25, 2008 - 01:23 PM |
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If you still aren't convinced that triple channel DDR3 is the solution to all your problems, this TweakTown review might not make up your mind completely, but it should help.  In their synthetic testing, adding that third channel had the same results as a dual channel setup going from 1066MHz to 1600MHz.  On the other hand, when they tested Crysis, the difference in performance is hard to spot on a graph and is most likely unnoticeable while playing.

Source: TweakTown

A cooler made to been seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 12:28 PM |
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The Xilence Xilent Blade Pro won't find a home in the overclocker's case, but modders and HTPC users will love the low profile, quiet performance and red and black colour scheme.  Think Computers' testing showed it to be an average performer, sitting in the middle of the pack during full load and maybe a tad warm at idle.  It's adaptor also ensures it can find a home in both Intel and AMD systems, assuming you can find it for sale.

Your coffee grinder wants net access

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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As you may have heard Ryan talk about his experiments with Powerline ethernet on our Podcast, or maybe you watched him on Leo Laporte's TWIT show, but finally we have a full review posted of his results.  Installation is about as easy as plugging in a toaster, though there are some benfits to knowing the electrical wiring of your house.  If the nodes are on the same circuit, you can expect 62 Mbps or so, just under 8 MB/s.  If you go onto another circuit, you still get connectivity, it is simply

ASUS Offers Premium Service Program for Enthusiast Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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Fremont, CA (Nov 24, 2008) - For the customer and system builder seeking peace of mind with their motherboard investment, ASUS, the industry-leading motherboard manufacturer today announces the ASUS Premium Service (APS) program for their enthusiast-class motherboards.

Source: ASUS

Hard to find, but well worth looking for

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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Sapphire are the only company offering the HD4850 X2, the little brother of the 4870 X2.  With only the one supplier, these cards can be hard to spot, but from Ryan's testing, you can see this card pushes past the GTX 280 in the majority of tests.  It also has a very unique back plate featuring four DVI outputs as well as an S-Video, giving you serious support for multi-monitor set ups.  Read his full review at the top of

Two takes on a 1000W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2008 - 03:14 PM |
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SilverStone has two different PSUs that can produce 1000W, the Decathlon DA1000 and Olympia OP1000-E.  The Olympia OP1000 is probably the smallest 1000W PSU available and doesn't sacrifice too much to get there.  It might not be as good as previous Olympia models that [H]ard|OCP has tested in the past, though it can still happily pass their torture tests, as can the Decathlon.  See them both here.

Source: [H]ard|OCP